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  1. Today's trip to the second hand record shop got me these 12"s (amongst others)
  2. Made a start today to physically sort my records. I've got two distinct collections: Old stuff (original purchases from my formative years, plus a big chunk of second hand bought more recently via discogs to replace old discs or releases I missed first time round) New stuff (bought in the last five years) I don't want to mix the two sections on my shelves as a lot of the old stuff shows its age and it seems a shame to put nice new releases against manky old 12"s. I added pretty much everything to discogs and categorised each one via discogs folders called "new" and "old" to help in sorting them in more detail. I exported it all as a spreadsheet and then added genres to sort by as discogs export doesn't include genre info for some reason. I kept the genre choices fairly small as it's too easy to go down the many variations on house/techno/electro/trance that exist these days so it's pretty simple. I did have some minor subcategories for specific labels or series releases. 1) Chart/pop/rock 2) Hip Hop 3) Electronic/dance/a million and one sub-genres 3a) CPU Records 3b) De:Tuned (DE:10:0x series) 3c) Phuture (35-00x series) 4) Soundtrack So far I've re-arranged all my new stuff, within the categories the sorting is alphabetical by artist, then each artist's releases by release date. I've got a lot of stuff by Depeche Mode so they get kept separate from chart/pop/rock or electronic. Again, sorted by 12" in release order then albums in release order. Still got to do the old stuff, that'll take some time....
  3. cubik

    The electronica thread

    One other tip if you like buying rather than streaming is use bandcamp's filter to narrow down their recommendations or best sellers and check out the previews. https://bandcamp.com/?g=electronic&s=top&p=0&gn=0&f=all&t=downtempo Only thing to watch is the "is it classed as downtempo/idm/ambient/instrumental" dilemma.
  4. cubik

    The electronica thread

    The Ghostly Swim and Ghostly Swim 2 albums are on spotify, well worth a listen. The latest Telefon tel Aviv album is worth a listen too.
  5. cubik

    The electronica thread

    Sorry, some of these are well known classics. Some aren't though (Syne and Dalham especially) Plaid - Spokes/Scintilli/The Digging Remedy/loads of others Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92/Selected Ambient Works II Dalham - Janus/Heat Death SYNE - SYNE Pye Corner Audio - Hollow Earth/Stasis Boards of Canada (again) - Their other albums - start with Music has the Right to Children Edit - A couple of others you'll find on Bandcamp. Concretism - For Concrete and Country 36 - Loads of albums to go at Craven Faults
  6. These are the king of salt & vinegar: They don't seem to be available in supermarkets though, I've only ever seen them in pubs
  7. Other than a sit down original Star Wars arcade cab, followed by an original Robotron cab, a more achievable holy grail (although that therefore means it isn't really a holy grail) is a Vectrex in great condition. As a kid I had one with loads of games, and for some reason lost interest after a couple of years when the next thing came along and my mum & dad got rid of it. I have a dream I'll just stumble across one in a junk shop and get it for a fiver or something.
  8. There's a conspiracy theory around NIN and Tori Amos, with various common lyrics, titles etc. so here's an underappreciated track by her. http://www.thanatopsic.org/music/trivial/ttcon.html Edit - I should add that most of these conspiracy theory points are just clutching at straws or tenuous at best (both used the sound of a dog on an album etc.) but it gives me an excuse to post this vid.
  9. cubik

    The electronica thread

    Just listened to this, perfect for a chilled Sunday.
  10. Things we take for granted - Their abundance. They're everywhere, PCs, consoles, tablets, phones, Fire TV sticks etc. You can play on the bog, on the bus, in the waiting room, as a passenger in a car/train etc. The amount of readily available games is even more amazing, how many people had a "pile of shame" back in the SNES/MD days? Not many. I can't help but think that having access to so many games at all times spoils the magic a bit, like when PS1 games became easy to copy and blank CDs were pennies, you'd get loads of games and play each one for five minutes. I did the same recently with apple arcade, flicked between titles and never really found anything to get my teeth in to. Anyways, old man mode off. Having lots of games is a good thing, but it requires will power to stick at just a few and really appreciate them.
  11. cubik

    vinyl lovers

    Shiiiiiit, that's some collection. You've either got a house full, or some rare records - How many discs is that?
  12. cubik

    vinyl lovers

    Impressive, is that all vinyl? My collection has been ongoing since the 80s, although that also includes a 20ish year break from buying vinyl as CD took over. In the early 90s a load of my records got destroyed when part of the ceiling of our first house fell down. Quite a lot were original (now old school) hip hop/electro/techno/acid/house 12"s that are worth quite a bit now. I've spent time buying back some of the less expensive ones but some are crazy money, I wish I still had them. About 15 years ago the remaining ones ended up in boxes in the loft. 5 years ago we moved to a larger house and my record collection came out of the loft and started to expand which coincided with me buying less CDs. I got rid of a load of CDs last year (100+), I even tried to give them away in here but nobody wanted them. I've put 670 items into my library so far, not including the CDs that I got rid of. It's split around 50/50 CD vs vinyl. Still got 100+ CDs and another 50 to 70 records to add.
  13. cubik

    vinyl lovers

    As one of my 2020 resolutions, I'm adding my vinyl to complete my already half-done discogs collection, added 70 so far today. Probably got another 2-300 to go. I also plan to organise them properly as they weren't in the best order to begin with and over the last few years I've just stuck anything I bought in the next gap on the shelves so there's new & second hand stuff, albums and 12"s and all sorts of genres jumbled up. I added some to discogs previously, but I do know which shelf that is. If I sort them first, they'll get jumbled up with the ones that aren't in my collection and it'll be harder work as I'll spend time searching for stuff that's already in my database. One main reason is I quite like buying second hand 12"s of old school dance tunes. Half the time though, I forget what I've already got and end up either missing out because I think I have it at home, or buying duplicates because I have it and forgot.
  14. He certainly was, and should rightly be thought of for being so. I can overlook his lack of quality output of late for the fact that he gave us Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
  15. Fair point, never spotted that for some reason. Makes it more emotional now.
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